This day was significant as it gave the Aboriginals a chance to speak up about what this day means to them
This day was significant as it gave the Aboriginals a chance to speak up about what this day means to them, how British settlement affected them and the unfair treatment they are receiving. Jack Patten, amongst other activists led Aboriginal people in raising awareness of how the 150th anniversary of British occupation was seen from an Indigenous perspective. His address given on the Day of Mourning highlights this point stating “Aboriginies have no reason to rejoice on Australia’s 150th birthday”. Patten also appeals to the leaders and the citizens of Australia to give Aboriginal people equal access in areas such as education and employment. Although the day of mourning was a key event in raising awareness and uniting Aboriginal people in a struggle for rights and freedom, there were still many hurdles to be faced to achieve equality for Indigenous Aboriginals.